Cambridge International AS level
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Changes to syllabus for 2017, 2018 and 2019
This syllabus has been updated, but there are no signiicant changes.
1. Introduction ... 2
1.1 Why choose Cambridge?
1.2 Why choose Cambridge International AS and A Level?
1.3 Why choose Cambridge International AS Level Islamic Studies?
1.4 Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certiicate of Education) Diploma 1.5 How can I ind out more?
2. Teacher support ... 5
2.1 Support materials 2.2 Endorsed resources 2.3 Training
3. Assessment at a glance ... 6
4. Syllabus aims and assessment objectives ... 7
4.1 Syllabus aims
4.2 Assessment objectives and their weightings
5. Syllabus content ... 8
6. Resources for teachers ... 9
1.1 Why choose Cambridge?
Cambridge International Examinations is part of the University of Cambridge. We prepare school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. Our international qualiications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-proit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.
Our programmes set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, are rooted in academic rigour, and provide a strong platform for progression. Over 10 000 schools in 160 countries work with us to prepare nearly a million learners for their future with an international education from Cambridge.
Cambridge programmes and qualiications develop not only subject knowledge but also skills. We encourage Cambridge learners to be:
• conident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others • responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
• relective as learners, developing their ability to learn • innovative and equipped for new and future challenges • engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference.
Cambridge International AS and A Levels are recognised around the world by schools, universities and employers. The qualiications are accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide, although some courses do require speciic subjects.
Cambridge AS and A Levels are accepted in all UK universities. University course credit and advanced standing is often available for Cambridge International AS and A Levels in countries such as the USA and Canada.
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1.2 Why choose Cambridge International AS and A Level?Cambridge International AS and A Levels are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. The syllabuses provide opportunities for contextualised learning and the content has been created to suit a wide variety of schools, avoid cultural bias and develop essential lifelong skills, including creative thinking and problem-solving.
Our aim is to balance knowledge, understanding and skills in our programmes and qualiications to enable students to become effective learners and to provide a solid foundation for their continuing educational journey. Cambridge International AS and A Levels give learners building blocks for an individualised curriculum that develops their knowledge, understanding and skills.
Schools can offer almost any combination of 60 subjects and learners can specialise or study a range of subjects, ensuring a breadth of knowledge. Giving learners the power to choose helps motivate them throughout their studies.
Cambridge International A Levels typically take two years to complete and offer a lexible course of study that gives learners the freedom to select subjects that are right for them.
Cambridge International AS Levels often represent the irst half of an A Level course but may also be taken as a freestanding qualiication. The content and dificulty of a Cambridge International AS Level examination is equivalent to the irst half of a corresponding Cambridge International A Level.
Through our professional development courses and our support materials for Cambridge International AS and A Levels, we provide the tools to enable teachers to prepare learners to the best of their ability and work with us in the pursuit of excellence in education.
Cambridge International AS and A Levels have a proven reputation for preparing learners well for university, employment and life. They help develop the in-depth subject knowledge and understanding which are so important to universities and employers.
Learners studying Cambridge International AS and A Levels have opportunities to: • acquire an in-depth subject knowledge
• develop independent thinking skills
• apply knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations • handle and evaluate different types of information sources
• think logically and present ordered and coherent arguments • make judgements, recommendations and decisions
• present reasoned explanations, understand implications and communicate them clearly and logically • work and communicate in English.
Guided learning hours
1.3 Why choose Cambridge International AS Level Islamic
By following the Cambridge International AS Level Islamic Studies syllabus, candidates will:
• develop an enquiring and critical approach to the study of fundamental questions of Islamic practices, beliefs, morality and interpretations
• gain an understanding of the religious writings, history and current affairs of Islam and be able to think and argue intelligently about the subject
• be introduced to a broad range of topics, ranging from the beginnings of Islam and the evolution, content and role of the Holy Qur’an, to the beliefs and practices of Islam and the bases of Islamic Law
• learn more about the dynasties and religious thought of early Islam, the variety in Islamic beliefs and the role played by Islam in the world today.
Candidates beginning this course are not expected to have studied Islam or Religious Studies previously.
Cambridge International AS Level Islamic Studies constitutes the irst half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Islamic Studies and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Islam at A Level and thence for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Islam or some other subjects. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Islam or Religious Studies, or as part of a course of general education.
1.4 Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certiicate of
Cambridge AICE Diploma is the group award of the Cambridge International AS and A Level. It gives schools the opportunity to beneit from offering a broad and balanced curriculum by recognising the achievements of candidates who pass examinations in different curriculum groups.
Learn more about the Cambridge AICE Diploma at www.cie.org.uk/aice
1.5 How can I ind out more?
If you are already a Cambridge school
You can make entries for this qualiication through your usual channels. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not yet a Cambridge school
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2.1 Support materials
We send Cambridge syllabuses, past question papers and examiner reports to cover the last examination series to all Cambridge schools.
You can also go to our public website at www.cie.org.uk/alevel to download current and future syllabuses together with specimen papers or past question papers and examiner reports from one series.
For teachers at registered Cambridge schools a range of additional support materials for speciic syllabuses is available from Teacher Support, our secure online support for Cambridge teachers. Go to http://teachers.cie.org.uk (username and password required).
2.2 Endorsed resources
We work with publishers providing a range of resources for our syllabuses including print and digital materials. Resources endorsed by Cambridge go through a detailed quality assurance process to ensure they provide a high level of support for teachers and learners.
We have resource lists which can be iltered to show all resources, or just those which are endorsed by Cambridge. The resource lists include further suggestions for resources to support teaching.
Assessment at a glance
Assessment at a glance
Candidates studying Cambridge International AS Level Islamic Studies take one examination paper, lasting three hours. This is the same paper as Paper 1 for the A Level (syllabus code 9013).
Results in Cambridge International AS Level may not be carried over to the A level.
Paper 1 3 hours
There are four sections.
Candidates answer ive questions, choosing at least one from each section: A The Beginnings of Islam
B The Holy Qur’an
C Beliefs and Practices of Islam D The Bases of Islamic Law
There will be a choice of at least three questions in each section.
This syllabus is examined in the November examination series.
This syllabus is available to private candidates.
Detailed timetables are available from www.cie.org.uk/examsoficers
Centres in the UK that receive government funding are advised to consult the Cambridge website www.cie.org.uk for the latest information before beginning to teach this syllabus.
Combining this with other syllabuses
Candidates can combine this syllabus in an examination series with any other Cambridge syllabus, except: • syllabuses with the same title at the same level
Syllabus aims and assessment objectives
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Syllabus aims and assessment objectives
4.1 Syllabus aimsThe aims of the syllabus are to:
• motivate candidates to develop an enquiring and critical approach to the study of fundamental questions of religious practices, beliefs, morality and interpretations
• explore these issues within the context of a religious tradition or traditions.
To achieve these aims, candidates will be required to gain some understanding of the religious writings, history and current affairs of Islam and be able to think and argue intelligently about the subject.
4.2 Assessment objectives and their weightingsCandidates will be assessed on their:
AO1: Knowledge of the topics and speciied texts.
AO2: Understanding of the meaning and signiicance of the material studied. AO3: Ability to express themselves explicitly, logically and critically in any argument.
The assessment objectives are weighted in the following way:
Assessment objective Weighting
Section A: The Beginnings of Islam
• Pre-Islamic Arabia: social and economic conditions, beliefs and customs
• The life of the Prophet (pbuh): his early years and the irst period of his proclamations to 622, his challenge to the beliefs of Mecca, the successful years at Medina until his death, his sense of being chosen as God’s messenger, his role as prophet and statesman
• The Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs: the main events of their caliphates, the challenges they faced, their achievements in maintaining and extending the rule of Islam
Section B: The Holy Qur’an
• Its mode of revelation, its compilation in the early years of Islam, its structure and major themes • A detailed study of the following surahs:
– al-Fatihah 1
• Its authority and place in Islamic beliefs, its relationship with other sources of knowledge
Section C: Beliefs and Practices of Islam
• The Five Pillars of Islam: Declaration of Faith (Shahadah), Prayer (Salat), Almsgiving (Zakat), Fasting (Sawm), Pilgrimage (Hajj); their function in bringing the individual closer to God and in binding the community together; their meaning in Islamic beliefs
• Festivals and religious observances: ‘Id al-Fitr, ‘Id al-Adha, marriages, funerals
• The Articles of Faith: God, his being and relationship with the created world, Angels, Books, Prophets, and particularly the signiicance of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as model of behaviour, Resurrection and the Day of Judgement; jihad, the nature and destiny of humanity, the command to enjoin good and prohibit wrong, God’s predestination of all events
Section D: The Bases of Islamic Law
• The Holy Qur’an as source of all teachings in Islam, methods of interpreting its teachings • The Prophet’s Sunnah as a source of guidance for Muslims; its relationship to the Holy Qur’an • The importance of the Shari‘ah in the life of Muslim communities and individuals; the function of
Resources for teachers
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Resources for teachers
Author Title Date Publisher ISbN
translated by ‘Abdullah Yusuf ‘Ali
The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an
Mawlana Muhammad Ali
The Religion of Islam 1999 Taj Company, 3151
Turkman Gate, Delhi 110006; S. Chand & Co
A Rahman I Doi Introduction to the Qur’an 1981 Arewa Books, Ibadan, Nigeria; Arnold Overseas
I R al-Faruqi Islam 1979 Argus Communications, Niles, Illinois
P K Hitti History of the Arabs 1964 2002
Macmillan, London Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, London
M Lings Muhammad, his life based
on the earliest sources
J Jomier The Great Themes of the
1997 SCM Press; London 03340027144
M ‘Ali Khan The Pious Caliphs Muhammed Ashraf, Lahore
A Rippin Muslims, their Religious
Beliefs and Practices
2000 Routledge, London 0415217822
N Robinson Islam, a Concise
1998 Routledge Curzon, Taylor and Francis Books
W M Watt Muhammad, Prophet and
Resources are also listed on Cambridge’s public website at www.cie.org.uk. Please visit this site on a regular basis as the Resource lists are updated throughout the year.
Equality and inclusion
Cambridge International Examinations has taken great care in the preparation of this syllabus and
assessment materials to avoid bias of any kind. To comply with the UK Equality Act (2010), Cambridge has designed this qualiication with the aim of avoiding direct and indirect discrimination.
The standard assessment arrangements may present unnecessary barriers for candidates with disabilities or learning dificulties. Arrangements can be put in place for these candidates to enable them to access the assessments and receive recognition of their attainment. Access arrangements will not be agreed if they give candidates an unfair advantage over others or if they compromise the standards being assessed.
Candidates who are unable to access the assessment of any component may be eligible to receive an award based on the parts of the assessment they have taken.
Information on access arrangements is found in the Cambridge Handbook which can be downloaded from the website www.cie.org.uk/examsoficers
This syllabus and the associated assessment materials are available in English only.
Grading and reporting
Cambridge International A Level results are shown by one of the grades A*, A, B, C, D or E, indicating the standard achieved, A* being the highest and E the lowest. ‘Ungraded’ indicates that the candidate’s performance fell short of the standard required for grade E. ‘Ungraded’ will be reported on the statement of results but not on the certiicate. The letters Q (result pending), X (no results) and Y (to be issued) may also appear on the statement of results but not on the certiicate.
Cambridge International AS Level results are shown by one of the grades a, b, c, d or e, indicating the standard achieved, ‘a’ being the highest and ‘e’ the lowest. ‘Ungraded’ indicates that the candidate’s performance fell short of the standard required for grade ‘e’. ‘Ungraded’ will be reported on the statement of results but not on the certiicate. The letters Q (result pending), X (no results) and Y (to be issued) may also appear on the statement of results but not on the certiicate.
If a candidate takes a Cambridge International A Level and fails to achieve grade E or higher, a Cambridge International AS Level grade will be awarded if both of the following apply:
• the components taken for the Cambridge International A Level by the candidate in that series included all the components making up a Cambridge International AS Level
• the candidate’s performance on these components was suficient to merit the award of a Cambridge International AS Level grade.
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